- Indian Premier League Wins: 2014 & 2012
- Best Finish: Champions (2014 & 2012), Runner-up (2021)
- Owner: Red Chillies Entertainment & Mehta Group
- Venue: Eden Garden Stadium
- Coach: Chandrakant Pandit
- Captain: Shreyas Iyer
The runners up of IPL 2021- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – will play their next match on 26 March 2022 against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at 19.30 IST.
IPL 2022 will follow a new format this time. The teams won’t compete in a round-robin format with equal home and away games. Instead, the 12 teams are divided into two groups – Group A and Group B. Kolkata Knight Riders are part of Group A along with Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Delhi Capitals (DC), and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).
The upcoming matches of KKR include two matches each against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the fellow group members – MI, DC, RR and LSG, and one match each against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Titans and Punjab Kings.
Among their most anticipated encounters are the matches against Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KKR next match against CSK which will kick start this IPL season is the only match they will play against CSK in IPL 2022. Also, their only game against RCB is on 30 March at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai.
KKR will encounter MI on 6 April and 9 May. KKR fans can expect relatively easier games against DC, PBKS, SRH and LSG. They have better records against RR and RCB too. KKR might face fierce challenges against heavyweights MI, CSK.
Let’s look at the KKR match list in the last three seasons, which were played in India and the UAE. After hosting IPL 2019 in India, it was moved to the UAE in 2020 due to severe COVID-19 situations in India. In 2022, after playing the initial few matches in India, the IPL was again shifted to UAE due to another COVID-19 wave.
Starting from the 2019 season, KKR lost more than they won. KKR played 45 IPL matches out of which they won 22 and lost 23 games in the last three years, with a winning percentage of 48.89%.
KKR have a record of winning 9 consecutive games during IPL 2014.Cricket Betting
Despite this, they managed to reach the final of IPL 2022 suggesting that KKR can up their game during crucial encounters
The franchise also had a leadership change from Dinesh Karthik (2019 and part of 2020) to Eoin Morgan (part of 2020 and 2021). Morgan is the current captain for KKR, and under his captaincy, the KKR team reached IPL final for the third time in 2022.
The Knight Riders played 14 games in IPL 2019, out of which they won 6 and lost 8. They shared the same points with the fourth-ranked Sunrisers and the sixth-ranked Kings, but could not breach into the top-four due to the net run rate.
The 2019 season is remembered for the all-round performances from the player of the series Andre Russell (510 runs and 11 wickets). He grabbed worldwide attention with his 4 unbelievable match-winning knocks of – 49 off 19 against the Sunrisers, unbeaten 48 off 17 against the Kings, 48 off 13-balls against Royal Challengers and unbeaten 80 off 40 against MI. His overall strike rate remained above 200.
In 2020, KKR once again finished fifth, with 7 wins and 7 losses, even though they shared equal points as the fourth-ranked RCB. Among some of their exciting games in 2020, the one against PBKS was a treat to watch. They won the match by a narrow margin of 2 runs.
The key contributors were Shubman Gill (57 runs), Dinesh Karthik (58 from just 29), Prasidh Krishna (3 wickets) and Sunil Narine (2 wickets). Gill (440 runs) scored the most runs for KKR in that season. Then newly auctioned Varun Chakravarthy proved to be a great deal for KKR as he topped the bowling chart for KKR with his 17 wickets.
Although KKR had just 2 wins from first 7 games in the IPL 2021, they had managed to play final of the season.Cricket Betting
In the previous IPL season, KKR finally made it to the knock-out stage for the first time in three years. KKR defeated RCB in the first eliminator by four wickets, chasing down 139. Narine was the key player of the match with four wickets, including the ones of Kohli and Maxwell. He also contributed with the bat with his 26 runs from 15 balls.
KKR then faced the hot favourite DC in the second qualifier game in which the Knight Riders restricted the opponents under 140 once again thanks to a tight bowling spell by Chakravarthy (2 wickets for 26). A solid partnership by Gill and Venkatesh Iyer ensured the team the ticket to the final. Iyer is the KKR player to watch out for in this season.
KKR got the target of 193 in the final against CSK. However, despite 91 runs opening partnership by Gill (51 runs) and Iyer (50 runs), KKR could not manage to score more than 165 and ended up as runners-up
In IPL 2022, KKR schedule is such that they will play 14 games in the group stage in Mumbai and Pune. Out of the 14 games, 8 games are scheduled in the first half of the tournament, i.e. by 23 April, and the rest 6 games between 28 April and 18 May.
KKR, who won two IPL trophies so far, will play their first game of 2022 season against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings – on Sunday 26 March, at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Sadly, KKR won’t be playing any game at home at the iconic Eden Garden.
As per the KKR schedule, the Knight Riders have 2 matches in March, 7 games in April, and the last 5 matches in May. Their four matches are organized at Wankhede Stadium against teams like CSK, DC, PBKS and RR. The KKR team will also play four matches at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai against RCB, MI, GT and LSG. At Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, KKR have 3 outings against SRH, RR and DC. The remaining 3 games are organized at MCA Stadium, Pune, against LSG, MI and SRH.
The fans of KKR would be eagerly waiting for their encounters with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Watch out for KKR’s clash with RCB on 30-March at 19:30 IST at DY Patil Stadium. They will play MI twice, first on 6-April at 19:30 at MCA Stadium and later on 9-May at 19:30 at DY Patil Stadium.
If we look at the winning ratio, Kolkata Knight Riders have shown better results against Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Against PBKS, they have a success rate of 65.51%, by winning 19 out of 29 matches. KKR have a winning percentage of 64.28 against SRH, with 13 wins from 21 encounters. They also have an upper hand against opponents like DC and RR, with close to 59% of the winning rate.
KKR have played 3 finals of the IPL so far and have emerged victorious in 2 of them.Cricket Betting
They are neck in neck with RCB with 16 wins and 13 losses from 29 encounters. CSK and MI are their toughest opponents. Against CSK, KKR have lost more than two-thirds of the games. KKR have an under 25 % winning ratio against MI, which means they lost 3 out of every 4 games against MI.
The below table shows KKR’s performance over the years against each opposition.
|Chennai Super Kings||28||9||18||1||33.33%|
|Kings XI Punjab||29||19||10||0||65.52%|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||30||17||13||0||56.67%|
|Lucknow Super Giants||2||0||2||0||0%|
This is a clash between four-time champions CSK and two-time champions KKR. Historically, CSK have an upper hand against KKR who rose a bit late after debacles in the first few seasons. At the Cricket betting site, you can find CSK vs KKR prediction, their head-to-head records, detailed analysis and all the stats.
The Capitals were quite close to grabbing their first IPL title in 2020, while KKR already have got two. We have DC with a dynamic leader like Rishabh Pant and a solid batting unit. KKR will be led by another upcoming superstar, Shreyas Iyer, who took DC to the finals in 2020. Munch over some DC vs KKR prediction, in-depth analysis, head-to-head records and stats at the Cricket Betting.
Punjab Kings are yet to grab their maiden IPL trophy, though they entered the finals of IPL 2014. Kolkata Knight Riders, the runners-up of the 2021 season, have shown better results over years. The records are in KKR’s favour when they play PBKS. You can check what to expect in KKR vs PBKS prediction, their head-to-head records, detailed analysis and all kinds of stats on Cricket Betting.
After winning the first IPL championship, RR haven’t even reached the final again over all these years. KKR is considered one of the biggest clubs, and they have the players and the abilities to make a big impact. At Cricket Betting, you will get the analysis in the form of KKR vs RR prediction, a detailed head-to-head analysis loaded with notable stats.
The five-time champions Mumbai Indians have been the toughest opponents for the Knight Riders. Though KKR also got two IPL trophies, it will take a lot to beat the champion team like MI. You can find more insights into MI vs KKR prediction, their head-to-head records and in-depth analysis at the Cricket Betting website.
KKR’s winning percentage against MI is just 24% in the history of the IPL.Cricket Betting
KKR, the two-time champions, have an upper hand against RCB. The Royal Challengers found a new captain this time in Faf du Plessis after Kohli relinquished from the captaincy. RCB are still looking for their maiden IPL trophy, while KKR already got two. You can get RCB vs KKR prediction, detailed analysis, head-to-head records and stats at the Cricket betting site.
One of the most followed clubs, the glamorous KKR have evolved over the years, while SRH are known to win and kill silently. The Knight Riders have a better success rate against SRH, who got their first IPL trophy in 2016. At Cricket Betting, you will get SRK vs KKR prediction, in-depth analysis and head-to-head records loaded with key stats.
KKR is owned by the immensely popular Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan’s company – Red Chillies Entertainment – and his friend and actress Juhi Chawla and her husband’s conglomerate – Mehta Group.
Looking at KKR’s recent performances, especially in the last season, KKR can be deemed as one of the favorites in the IPL 2022 tournament. However, facing big teams like CSK or MI in the playoffs could jeopardize their chances.
KKR played 17 matches in IPL 2021, out of which they won 9, and lost 8. They won 7 group stage matches and won both the eliminator and the qualifier games before losing in the final.
Most runs (and average) in the last IPL from KKR.
Most wickets (and economy) in the last IPL from KKR.
KKR 67/10 vs MI 68/2, Mumbai, May 16 2008
KKR 245/6 vs PBKS 214/8, Delhi, May 12 2018
KKR 222/3 vs RCB 82/10, Bangalore, Apr 18 2008
RCB 205/3 vs KKR 206/5, Bangalore, May 5th 2019